James Duff once again shared his thoughts about the upcoming episode of Major Crimes in his Facebook Blog entry.
Major Crimes will begin its winter run by dramatizing connections from its past to its future. In the aptly named “Heart Failure,” we introduce our team of detectives embroiled in an event that police officers have encountered all over the country over the last four or five years. We meet Flynn, once again adjusting to the drudgeries of desk duty. Sykes and Sanchez find a blue, Burberry jacket, once an emblem of a bright future, hanging in a closet associated with a much darker past. Buzz gets a disturbing letter, which he’s not sure how to answer.
Read the complete entry here > Major Crimes Facebook
February 15 – James Duff’s Blog Post
While finding connections is a common tool in murder investigations, the word also honored what we consider to be the exceptional relationship we have with our audience. Also, we wanted to “connect” the possible conclusion of Major Crimes to what had come before.
Read the complete blog entry here > Major Crimes Facebook
February 20 – New York Post – Camryn Manheim pushes buttons as steely chief on ‘Major Crimes’
Camryn Manheim (“The Practice,” “Extant”) joins the cast in the recurring role of LAPD Deputy Chief of Operations Winnie Davis, a by-the-book cop who locks horns with Major Crimes Division Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). It’s a table-turner for Raydor, the former internal affairs head who was originally an antagonist to Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) on “The Closer,” from which “Major Crimes” was spun off in 2012.
Check out the complete article here > New York Post
February 21 – Troy L. Foreman interviewed James Duff for The Pop Culture Principle
Pop Culture Principle – How confident were you that Major Crimes would get another season renewal?
James Duff – Not very confident. It’s not because the show isn’t popular because the show remains popular, but because TNT has a new plan that they really want to put into place. They are seriously committed to their new strategy and we are not really part of that strategy yet. I think they are trying to figure out how to use us in a way that doesn’t harm what they are trying to accomplish and keep the audience satisfied. So, it’s a very delicate dance the network is doing while they are trying to change their brand identity and not lose one of their more popular shows in the process.
Check out the complete interview here > The Pop Culture Principle
February 22 – Parade -Show Runner James Duff Shares 12 Things You Need to Know for Season 5B of Major Crimes
What is Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco) up to this season?
There’s a really fun episode where we find a body up a tree and Dr. Morales appears with his father, a retired detective who’s visiting from South America, who pretends that he is much more connected to Major Crimes than he actually is, and hangs on through the whole episode. I think that’s a fun episode. If you like Dr. Morales, you’re going to enjoy it.
Read the complete interview here > Parade
February 22 – TV Line -Major Crimes Boss Previews Andy’s Fate and the Fight for Taylor’s Job
[O]n the decidedly lighter side, Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco) will put on quite a show when his dad visits from South America.
“He’s a retired cop, his father, and Dr. Morales has perhaps misrepresented how closely he works with Major Crimes,” Duff says with a chuckle. “So everybody sort of tries to help Dr. Morales keep up the fiction!”
You can find the complete article here > TV Line
February 22 – MCTV Exclusive with James Duff
MCTV:We were all thrilled and relieved by the recent renewal announcement for season 6, but it came pretty late in the game in terms of where you were in the production schedule of these episodes. Did the delay in renewal affect the storytelling and how you wrote this winter arc, not knowing if there would be another season after this?
JD: I was preparing to do the last eight episodes as if we were going to do no more, but we also planned it so the last episode could go a multitude of ways depending on what happened. The word came down [that the show was renewed] before we started shooting the last two episodes. So as things turned out, we were prepared for the renewal with an alternate script, and the renewal came, and so we had that script ready to shoot.
Read the complete interview here > MCTV.net
TNT published two exciting promo videos for the upcoming episodes of Major Crimes. Check them out!
The long hiatus is finally over. Here is a little information on what to expect to prepare you adequately for the coming weeks of Major Crimes Madness.
5×14 “Heart Failure” – Wednesday February 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Captain Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a young woman found in the LA River, their case is not only impeded by a secretive PI working for a tech industry millionaire, but also by Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who regards Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD.
Directed by Nzingha Stewart
Written by Ralph Gifford
Created by James Duff
5×15 “Cleared History” – Wednesday March 1, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When Major Crimes discovers a young one-man-geek-squad in the middle of his Atwater living room with his throat cut, suspicions swirl around his roommate and some unwitting customers, all of whom he was blackmailing.
Directed by Jennifer Phang
Written by Adam Belanoff
Created by James Duff
5×16 “Quid Pro Quo” – Wednesday March 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
A murder case goes sideways at trial when defense attorney Linda Rothman (guest star Jeri Ryan) is able to destroy Det. Amy Sykes’s credibility on the stand. Helping Rothman as a defense investigator is Amy’s old nemesis, Mark Hickman (guest star Jason Gedrick). Ron Marasco guest-stars as Judge Grove.
Directed by Sylvain White
Written by Michael Zara
Created by James Duff
For the other episodes we only know the titles so far and, assuming they will be broadcast without breaks, the air dates.
5×17 – “Dead Drop” – Wednesday March 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×18 – “Bad Blood” – Wednesday March 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×19 – “Intersection” – Wednesday March 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×20 – “Shockwave Part 1” – Wednesday April 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
5×21 – “Shockwave Part 2” – Wednesday April 12, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
On October 28, Jonathan attended the 11th Annual “Fred and Jason’s Halloweenie”, a Halloween fundraiser benefiting GMCLA’s programmatic work.
Public Appearances > 2016 > 11th Annual “Fred and Jason’s Halloweenie”
On October 27 Jonathan attended the Storytellers United Launch.
Storytellers United is a collective of storytellers, educators and thought leaders dedicated to inspiring equal representation for people of all backgrounds in television, stage, film, audio and literary content. Check out their website.
Public Appearances > 2016 > Storytellers United Launch
On October 24 Jonathan Del Arco attended the Paley Center for Media’s Hollywood Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television.
Public Appearances > 2016 > Paley Center Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Televison
Jonathan Del Arco attended the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards on October 21.
The GLSEN Respect Awards showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Public Appearances > 2016 > GLSEN Respect Awards
Once again, James Duff shared his thoughts about tonight’s episode of Major Crimes with us in his Facebook Blog. It promises to be another intense episode, sending us all off into the rather long hiatus.
To those of you familiar with my love for connecting motifs, the displacement of fatherless children recurs throughout our finale, and since I can’t resist a rondo, we will have one more murder to manage, similar to the first four. But that homicide, too, will be solved (very quickly). When it comes to the mystery, I promise our concluding solution will leave…no loose ends.
Check out the complete blog post on the Major Crimes Facebook page!
TNT released the promo for next week’s summer finale, the third part of “White Lies” and, as expected, it looks absolutely exciting.